Antony has spent 20 years primarily in London and New York advising global brands and as CEO of several media and marketing firms. He returned to New Zealand with his family, and settled in Horowhenua in 2016. Antony is extremely passionate about the region and its opportunities, working on a number of business and community projects that showcase why the Horowhenua is a great place to live and work. Antony is the Co-Founder of The Digital Cafe, Chair of the Horowhenua Taste Trail Trust, and on the Board of Business Kāpiti Horowhenua, that oversees the Electra Business Awards. He and wife, Nancy, are the proud owners of the Noho Blueberry Farm just north of Levin.
Sarah Ryan is the Dean at Waiopehu College, and works with youth every day seeing the issues that we face as a community. She’s extremely passionate about the potential that can be unlocked in her students and is keen to unlock the potential of the wider Horowhenua community in her role as trustee. Sarah moved to Horowhenua seven years ago with her husband, and now has a four year old son. When she’s not helping on the family farm, teaching, parenting, or running her cupcake business, Sarah’s working with the community establishing and maintaining the school vegetable gardens, as well as the Sharing Shed.
More than fifty years ago, Ron Turk and his family moved to Foxton where they founded their successful poultry business, Turk’s Poultry. Since then, Ron has helped transform a small egg business into a prosperous company employing almost 220 people - as well as raising three children. A strong believer in ethical and sustainable farming practices, Turks has been accredited as a Conscious Consumers supplier. Ron applies the same ethics to his community, with Turk’s supporting a variety of community groups and initiatives including the Foxton Rugby Club, the Horowhenua Taste Trail, Manawatu Boating Club and Rescue Helicopter.
After spending 40 years working in a business that was founded in 1897, Evan Kroll knows that good things really do take time. Evan has worked his way to Managing Director of Stevensons Structural Group based in Tokomaru, and currently employs more than 100 people throughout Horowhenua, Manawatū and Wellington. As a proud Rotarian, Evan is passionate about giving back to his community - encouraging growth, providing sponsorship and encouraging others to challenge perceptions of Horowhenua.
Raised in Raumati and now living in Foxton Beach, Larry Ellison and his wife Jane have been a part of the Horowhenua community for years. The Ellisons have owned a number of service stations throughout the Horowhenua and in 2000 started Rural Fuel, an award winning business which distributes fuel to farmers around the lower North Island. Larry loves all things agriculture and is involved in dairy farms around the region, as well as a number of startup businesses and agritech companies including Levno, Biolumic and Zeddy. An active community member, Larry is a life member of the Foxton Volunteer Fire Brigade, was a major backer of Te Waiora Community Health Service in Foxton, serves on the board of the Te Hinaki Trust.
Justine (BBS FCA) is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Director of Colbert Cooper Limited, a chartered accountancy practice located in Levin, providing business, accountancy and tax services to clients throughout the region and across NZ. She is currently Deputy Chair of Horowhenua Learning Centre, Trustee of House of Science, Trustee of Foxton Area Community Medical Trust and on the Board of Trustees of Koputaroa School. Justine has been part of the Horowhenua for over 40 years and is passionate about supporting local businesses and community groups to improve the wellbeing of the region. Justine lives at Foxton Beach with her husband and son.
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